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9/11 Ten Years Since September 11, 2001

Release Date: July 12, 2012

President Obama pays tribute to the first responders, those who have served, and those who lost their lives.
(DHS Photo by /Released)

President Obama pays tribute to first responders, those who have served and those who lost their lives.

"Our nation is stronger than it was on 9/11, more prepared to confront evolving threats, and more resilient in the face of our continued challenges." - Secretary Napolitano

Always Remember. Never Forget.

A decade has now passed since the tragic attacks of 9/11, when terrorists exploited our nation's aviation system to kill nearly 3,000 innocent men, women, and children, including citizens of more than 90 countries.

Now, ten years after the worst terrorist attacks ever on American soil, America is stronger and more resilient than ever before. But threats from terrorism persist and challengers remain.

Over the past decade, we have made great strides to secure our nation against a large attack or disaster, to protect our critical infrastructure and cyber networks, and to engage a broader range of Americans in the shared responsibility for security.

Together with our many partners across the federal government, the public and private sectors, and in communities across the country and around the world, DHS has worked to build and strengthen a homeland security enterprise that mitigates and defends against dynamic threats, minimizes risks, and maximizes our ability to respond to – and recover from – attacks and disasters of all kinds.

Together, these efforts have provided a strong foundation to protect communities from terrorism and other threats, while safeguarding the fundamental rights of all Americans.

DHS recognizes and thanks the many men and women who work on the frontlines everyday protecting America at home and abroad–from the law enforcement officers to emergency management professionals to all of our partners. While defending against this evolving threat is the founding mission of DHS, no federal agency – or any part of government – can, by itself, deliver security. Perhaps more than at any point in our nation's history, we share in this responsibility. Homeland security begins with hometown security, and we all have a role to play.

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